The week ahead: Do you have the best sunset or sunrise photo ever taken? If yes, share it
This is your Friday update, which provides a quick look at the week ahead and some developments being tracked by El Paso Matters.
Sunrise and sunset photos wanted: Did you capture that perfect sunset photo? Do you want to share it? If so, the El Paso History Museum wants it. The museum is asking photographers to submit photos for a new exhibit featuring sunrises and sunsets for an August exhibit called “Pasos Urbanos: A Photographic Account of Borderlands Sunrise and Sunset.” To submit a photo, the artist must reside within 150 miles of downtown El Paso, be at least 18 years old, images must be original works, and photos must have been taken in 2020, 2021 or 2022. If selected, photographers will be responsible for providing professionally mounted frames no larger than 36 inches in width or height. To submit, go to www.tinyurl.com/PasosUrbanos and enter a maximum of two black and white or color images. The deadline is July 8.
Ascarate Park Billboard: A new electronic billboard that will promote events at Ascarate Park is nearing completion. The billboard is near the golf course on the south side of the park and is clearly visible from the border highway, which was its intent. The El Paso County Commissioners Court approved the sign’s purchase and installation on September 13, 2021. The $402,542 sign is being installed by Big Media of El Paso.
SISD Superintendent Hires Former Cabinet Members: The Socorro Independent School District Board on Tuesday approved Superintendent Nate Carman’s recommendation to hire two administrators he worked with in his former district. Victoria Perez, who trustees approved as the new chief financial officer, is the assistant superintendent of finance and operations for the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District. She is also chair of the board of trustees for the Lyford Consolidated Independent School District, just north of San Benito. Andrea Cruz has been named assistant superintendent of administrative services, the same position she currently holds at San Benito. Administrator Michael Najera voted against both hires. The SISD Board of Directors hired Carman from the Rio Grande Valley District in March. San Benito CISD is about one-fifth the size of Socorro ISD.
Securing buildings in Duranguito: Crews this week began stabilizing two dilapidated buildings in the Duranguito neighborhood that workers hired by then-owners began demolishing nearly five years ago. The $29,000 repairs began Tuesday at the former Chinese laundry building at 212 W. Overland Ave. and what was the last Flor de Luna gallery at 300 W. Overland Ave. The work should be completed within two weeks. The city’s chief architect, Daniela Quesada, said the buildings were showing more deterioration and needed to be repaired before the monsoon damages them further. The buildings are in the downtown district where the city is seeking to build a voter-approved multi-purpose arena as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond. The project has been stalled in a years-long legal battle with conservatives who oppose the construction of the arena on this site.